Outcome 2 priorities

  • Work collaboratively with the higher education sector to implement the Government’s higher education agenda to create a more a sustainable system, drive quality improvements and expand opportunities for students.
  • Invest in programmes to promote quality assurance in higher education and the enhancement of quality teaching and learning.
  • Increase participation and support success in higher education by people from disadvantaged backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Provide a direct contribution towards the cost of study for Commonwealth supported students via the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS), and reduce upfront cost barriers through the provision of income-contingent loans under the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP).
  • Build collaboration across and between universities, research institutes, government and industry to generate new knowledge and the translation of research into benefits for Australia.
  • Enhance Australia’s research capacity through the provision of world class national scale research infrastructure under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
  • Promote the importance of mathematics and science through targeted initiatives to increase participation in science and technology-based careers.
  • Develop a national strategy for international education following the release of the Draft National Strategy for International Education.
  • Enhance theESOS legislative framework to ensure it maintains Australia’s reputation as a high-quality destination for international education while reducing unnecessary red tape on education providers.
  • Support more Australian students to study overseas as part of their Australian qualification.
  • Advance international education and research multilateral engagement to ensure that Australia is recognised as a leader in international education cooperation and that Australia’s education and training system is globally connected.
  • Ensure a highly-skilled workforce, by focusing on giving all students opportunities for access, participation and success by creating an effective and efficient skills and training system that is industry-led and delivers the skills Australian employers need.
  • Implement the VET reform agenda to ensure the VET system provides high quality training and improves the links from training to jobs, including through Australian Apprenticeships.
  • Ensure consumers are able to make wise choices and decisions about VET and higher education.
  • Improve quality in VET delivery through new national standards for training providers and a comprehensive review of training products.
  • Eliminate duplication and improve efficiency in the VET sector by implementing streamlined governance arrangements, including a new VET Advisory Board and an Australian Industry and Skills Committee.
  • Ensure Australian Apprentices and their employers are supported to enable increased completion rates.
  • Enhance national transparency across the VET sector.
  • Improve the status of VET domestically and overseas.

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